Books Dominate TV Pilots

According to the movie news site, Deadline, books are “the most ubiquitous source material among this year’s crop of broadcast pilots.”

Several are based on public domain titles; fairy tales (ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm), a drama about Edgar Allan Poe, and one that sets The Count of Monte Cristo in the present…

Among the in-copyright books, the most unlikely title is Good Christian Bitches (ABC pilot). Originally published in 2008 by Brown Books in Dallas, TX, it’s scheduled to be reissued in paperback by Hyperion in September.

Among the better-know titles is The Council of Dads (Fox), based on Bruce Feiler’s book about being diagnosed with cancer and asking his male friends to help raise his daughters in case he dies.

Which pilots will actually be picked up is anyone’s guess.

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